Monday, March 24, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #12 - Sophie Barbee

Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small, issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The Premise: Write once a week about a specific ancestor.  

My grandmother taught me the women's side of our family.  "Eleanor had Catherine; Catherine had Sophie; Sophie had Emma; Emma had Gertrude; Gertrude had Eleanor; Eleanor had Eleanor; and Eleanor had you!"  These are the ladies that make me want to know about their lives and keep me researching.

Sophie's story starts in Georgetown, Kentucky, where she was born to Catherine and Nathaniel Barbee on Christmas Day in 1825.  She grew up on a farm in Scott County with her parents, 7 brothers, and 1 sister.  

Sophie married Joshua Arnold and they moved to a farm in Henry County, Kentucky. 

Sophie was the mother of 5 sons and 2 daughters. Sophie and her oldest daughter, Emma, pieced a crazy quilt that included pieces of Sophie's mother's (Catherine) wedding dress.  

Sophie died in Henry County on October 25, 1896.  She is buried in the Eminence Cemetery in Henry County.

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